The Culture of the Gift in Eighteenth-Century England

  • Linda Zionkowski
  • Cynthia Klekar

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Linda Zionkowski, Cynthia Klekar
      Pages 1-12
  3. Theories of Benevolence

  4. Conduct and the Gift

  5. The Erotics of the Gift

  6. The Gift and Commerce

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 235-263

About this book


The Culture of the Gift in Eighteenth-Century England analyzes the long overlooked role of gift exchange in literary texts and cultural documents and provides innovative readings of how gift transactions shaped the institutions and practices that gave this era its distinctive identity.


culture fiction gender identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Linda Zionkowski
    • 1
  • Cynthia Klekar
    • 2
  1. 1.Ohio UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Western Michigan UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2009
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-37512-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-61841-1
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